Ruellia nudiflora?

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David Dickinson

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Ruellia nudiflora?
« on: September 01, 2019, 12:28:25 PM »
In 2018 I sowed some Ruellia nudiflora seeds. They germinated but none of them got to flowering stage. This year I noticed a plant that I didn't recognise growing in an unmarked pot and it has flowered for me. It looks like the plant shown here http://www.asergeev.com/pictures/archives/compress/2012/1062/25.htm. However, many other photos on the internet show glossier leaves without hairs for this species. I seem to remember that the seeds came from Chantal's seed bank (many thanks, as always, for the work you do for us Chantal). Perhaps the donor of the seeds might recognise the plant?
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

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Re: Ruellia nudiflora?
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2019, 12:36:47 PM »
This too looks like the plant I have https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruellia_humilis#/media/File:Ruellia_humilis.jpg. Ruellia humilis and the common name Fringeleaf Wild Petunia might also suggest that this is the plant.
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.